June 01, 2006
The military jury found Sgt. Cardona guilty of two of the nine counts against him: (1) dereliction of duty for failing to handle his dog properly and for authorized purposes, and (2) assault for unlawfully threatening a detainee with his unmuzzled dog. He was acquitted of the other seven counts, including the more serious charges of conspiracy and cruelty and maltreatment. Sgt. Cardona faces a maximum of 3 1/2 years of prison time; the exact sentence will be determined by the jury. More details to come.